Kenya Lionesses Ranked 28th After Historic Win In Kampala

Kenya Lioness backed up their 44-13 home win over Uganda Lady Cranes in the first leg in June, with a 35-5 victory in the return match, to win 79-18 on aggregate.

This was a historic win as it was the highest score aggregate against Uganda Lady Cranes to date and it also pushed Kenya Lioness to their highest ranking by World Rugby at number 28.

Kenya Lioness headed into the return leg clash without backs Sophia Ayieta, Angeline Apiyo and forward Knight Otwoma who were rested, as well as No.9 Veronicah Wanjiku who had school commitment.

Kenya Lioness poured the pressure on from the outset, camping in Uganda Lady Cranes half for the first quarter, with their forwards matching the much bigger Uganda Lady Cranes forwards at the breakdowns and in scrummaging.

Forwards Juliet Nyambura, Stacy Atieno and Everlyne kalemera, No.8 Leah Wambui and open side flanker Mitchel Akinyi constant big ball carries effect being felt.

This forced Uganda Lady Cranes to make mistakes resulting in two penalties that were converted by Grace Adhiambo bringing the score to 6-0.

While Uganda Lady Cranes absorbed the early pressure, it was from a 21st minute scrummage when No.8 Leah Wambui went to ground, for her maiden test match try. Grace Adhiambo missing the conversion bringing the score to 11-0.

Grace Adhiambo directed the backline well, firing miss out passes to her outsides to give them a chance to run, with Stellah Wafula No.14 constantly pocking holes in the Uganda Lady Cranes defense.

Grace Adhiambo opened up another chance, in a move which had threatened to produce a try, Stellah Wafula denied when the ball was knocked on short of the goal line.

Skipper Philadelphia Olando would ran into space 5 minutes later before linking with the ever-present Christabel Lindo and Celestine Masinde who carried the ball forward and linking with full back Janet Okello who passed the ball back to the skipper who finished what she started, Grace Adhiambo converting to bring the first half score to 18-0.

Second half saw Kenya Lioness unleash their attacking power, Stellah Wafula was not to be denied as she burst through tackles to score. Grace Adhiambo missing the conversion to bring the scores to 23-0.

Combining individual brilliance with a no-nonsense approach when running hard at the Uganda Lady Cranes defense, Kenya Lioness back line speed caused relentless problems for the Uganda Lady Cranes.

Skipper Philadelphia Olando after a partial charge down of a defensive kick regained the ball crossed the white wash to bag a brace, Grace Adhiambo converting to bring the score to 30-0.

Any hopes of a Uganda Lady Cranes’ comeback were doused when the blistering pace of Kenya Lioness full back Janet Okello opened up their defense for her to score the final try for Kenya Lioness, Grace Adhiambo missing the conversion to bring the score to 35-0.

Uganda Lady Crane got their consolation try through a brilliant grinding game by their forwards, to ensure they registered points on the score sheet for 35-5 full time score.

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